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Medina police car damaged at end of chase

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    After a police pursuit Friday night, Christopher Belohlavek was arrested after driving his white Chevy Suburban, left, into a police car on Shorewood Drive in Medina.

    MICHELLE BENJAMIN / SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

After a pursuit that ended with damage to a police car, the Medina Police Department arrested a Cleveland man about 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Christopher Belohlavek was charged with failure to comply with an order of a police officer, a third-degree felony. He was transported to Medina County Jail, where he remained Monday.

Belohlavek ran a red light at the intersection of South Court Street and West Smith Road, police said. Officers attempted to pull him over near the CVS parking lot on South Elmwood Avenue, when he fled.

The pursuit, which grew to four or five police cars, traveled to Lafayette Road, South Broadway Street and Harding Street before coming to a stop on a cul-de-sac at Shorewood Drive in the Forest Meadows subdivision.

Belohlavek’s 1986 Chevy Suburban slammed into one of the Medina police cruisers.

At that point, he was arrested.

The police car was not totaled but suffered significant damage, Sgt. Scott Marcum said.

Police said Belohlavek didn’t have a driver’s license and had a warrant from Cuyahoga County for a probation violation.

Marcum said no one was injured in the crash.

“He did drive through some tree lawns and hit a landscape rock,” Marcum said.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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